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Rain, changing weather mark July




What a difference a month makes.

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What a difference a month makes.

In June, rainfall was the name of the game as far as weather was concerned.

But come July, temperatures were the name of the game, with daytime highs bouncing up and down from a high of 102 degrees July 8 to a low of 62 degrees July 17.

In fact, the July 17 high of 62 degrees and the daytime high of 65 degrees July 18 were low enough to set new records for the lowest daytime highs, according to records maintained at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center at the south end of Hays.

But there were plenty of warm days, with temperatures hitting 100 degrees or higher three times in July.

By month's end, temperatures appear to have been slightly cooler than normal, recording a mean temperature of 75.9 degrees. The longtime average is 79.2.

There are, however, subtle differences in the data compiled at the research center in both June and July, the result of staffing changes there. In the past, highs and lows were date-corrected to reflect when they occurred. In both June and July, the highs and lows were recorded as of the time of reading.

It's unclear what, if any, difference that will mean in terms of comparing temperatures to record highs or lows.

Despite all that, Hays received 2.36 inches of rain in July, 1.5 inches below normal compared to the 30-year normal and 0.97 of an inch below normal since records have been kept.

For the year, 14.6 inches of precipitation has fallen in Hays. That's 0.19 of an inch ahead of normal for the long-term average and 0.32 of an inch below average compared to the 30-year average.

There were bigger rainfall totals elsewhere in Ellis County, primarily the result of a single rain.

Southwest of Antonino, for example, rainfall for July stood at 5.51 inches, according to CoCoRaHS, an online network of weather watchers.

Rainfall 17 miles southwest of Goodland hit slightly more than 4 inches in July.

The heaviest rainfall in July fell in south-central and southeast Kansas, where totals hit nearly 8 inches.

Hill City's rainfall total stood at 1.8 inches in July, while Goodland's Renner Field, where the National Weather Service Bureau is located, had 2.07 inches.

But WaKeeney, according to the NWS, just 0.76 of an inch of rain was measured in July, along with a high of 105 degrees.

Atwood fared even worse, picking up just 0.9 of an inch in July while watching temperatures hit 106 on July 21.

Russell picked up 2.07 inches of rain, but saw temperatures spike to 102 degrees on three days.